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One statue that shouldn’t be torn down is that commemorating Lord Shaftesbury

J John 22 November 2020 | 2:04 PM Lord ShaftesburyDuring an age where we topple statues rather than erect them, one man who we can only respect is Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. In six decades of public service, Lord Shaftesbury, as he is most conveniently termed, fought successfully against an enormous range of... Read more

Christian forced marriage victim appeals to Boris Johnson for help

Maira Shahbaz(Photo: Aid to the Church in Need)A Pakistani Christian girl who fled the home of a Muslim man she was forced to marry is pleading with Boris Johnson to help her. Maira Shahbaz, 14, and her family have been forced into hiding because of the threats to their lives from Islamist extremists.  She was... Read more

Jim Wallis leaves Sojourners for Georgetown University post

The Rev Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners and co-chair of The Poverty Forum, speaks about the bipartisan nature of the policy recommendations to reduce poverty in America on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 in Washington DCChristian PostJim Wallis is leaving Sojourners, the magazine and organisation he founded nearly half a century ago, to take up a... Read more

Online book of reflection opens for people who have died from Covid-19

Cathedral Dean Stephen Forde said Lives Reflected was a way of helping people celebrate the lives of those lost since the start of the pandemic.(Photo: Church of Ireland)Belfast Cathedral is inviting members of the public to pay tribute to their loved ones who have passed from coronavirus in an online book of reflection.  Lives Reflected... Read more

Church in Wales launches new safeguarding policy after report into failings

Archbishop John Davies said churches must be "safe places".The Church in Wales has launched a new safeguarding policy that it says will make guidelines "clearer and more accessible".  The policy, launched on Friday, commits the Church in Wales to becoming a "safe church" for all.  "Those who work for and support the church, both lay... Read more

Thousands of winter coats for Syrian children this Christmas

Sister Annie Demerjian with tailor Takla al Safadi in a workshop in Maaloula, Syria.(Photo: Aid to the Church in Need)Some 25,000 winter coats are being gifted to children in Syria this Christmas.  The effort is being led by Sister Annie Demerjian and the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, with support from Aid to the Church... Read more

A change of name will not clear the stench of death around Marie Stopes

(Photo: Facebook/Marie Stopes International)Marie Stopes International announced that it will henceforth be known as MSI Reproductive Choices, in an attempt to distance themselves from their eugenicist founder, Marie Stopes. "A rose by any other name" as Shakespeare famously wrote, "would smell as sweet." Giving Marie Stopes another name will do nothing to clear the foul... Read more

Keith, Kristyn Getty: Christianity Is Not ‘At Odds’ with Science

Keith, Kristyn Getty: Christianity Is Not 'At Odds' with Science Irish-born hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty, best known for their hit song In Christ Alone, are calling Christians to recognize the compatibility between God and science amid an atheistic culture that says no such relationship exists.Kristyn Getty explained to The Christian Post that so... Read more

High-Profile Christians Respond to Raphael Warnock’s Assertion that He Is a ‘Pro-Choice Pastor’

High-Profile Christians Respond to Raphael Warnock's Assertion that He Is a 'Pro-Choice Pastor' Several well-known Christians are taking issue with Democratic Senate Candidate Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, for making controversial comments on abortion and the military.According to CBN News, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted a 2011 sermon clip... Read more

Peanuts Specials to Air on TV after All

Peanuts Specials to Air on TV after All PBS has struck a deal with Apple and the iconic holiday Peanuts classics are going to air on television, the way it has been for decades, Fox News reports.Last month, fans of the Peanuts classics voiced disappointment when it was announced that the animated movies would not... Read more

Despite Loss, Difficult Days, Kathie Lee Gifford Asserts We Are ‘More Blessed Than We Are Burdened’

Despite Loss, Difficult Days, Kathie Lee Gifford Asserts We Are 'More Blessed Than We Are Burdened' Kathie Lee Gifford has had some tough days this year, as she recalled with Jill Martin during an interview on NBC's streaming service, Peacock.The tv commentator, who is best known for Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, a morning... Read more

Unborn Are America’s ‘Most Vulnerable Citizens’: 18 States Defend Fetal Heartbeat Ban in Court

Unborn Are America's 'Most Vulnerable Citizens': 18 States Defend Fetal Heartbeat Ban in Court A coalition of 18 states filed a brief with a federal appeals court this week asking it to uphold a recently passed Tennessee abortion restriction in order to protect societys most vulnerable citizens.At issue is a new Tennessee law that prohibits... Read more

New Initiative Aims to Plant Churches in Underserved Urban Areas

New Initiative Aims to Plant Churches in Underserved Urban Areas Pastors Thabiti Anyabwile and John Onwuchekwa have started a new initiative, called The Crete Collective, to minister to Black, Hispanic and Asian American church planters.The Crete Collective would place at the center of its work the concerns, ideals, aspirations, frustrations, struggles, and realities of black... Read more

Christian Convert Imprisoned in Iran Receives 80 Lashes for Drinking Communion Wine

Christian Convert Imprisoned in Iran Receives 80 Lashes for Drinking Communion Wine A Christian convert imprisoned in Iran has received 80 lashes for drinking communion wine.According to The Christian Post, Zaman Fadaee, who goes by the name Saheb, received the lashings Sunday as part of a 2016 conviction for drinking wine during a communion service.Fadaee... Read more

‘Jesus Is the Cure’: Megachurch Pastor John Hagee Recovers from COVID-19

'Jesus Is the Cure': Megachurch Pastor John Hagee Recovers from COVID-19 Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, John Hagee, has recovered from the COVID-19 virus and credits Jesus as the cure and vaccine, according to The Christian Post.I spent 15 days in the hospital with double pneumonia and Im still supposed to be... Read more

Christian Leaders Urge Prayer for Nigeria’s Forgotten Victims

Christian Leaders Urge Prayer for Nigeria's Forgotten Victims JOS, Nigeria, November 19, 2020 (Morning Star News) Their pleas for government help falling on deaf ears, Christian leaders issued calls for prayer this month as Islamic extremist groups continued terrorizing northeast Nigeria.In the wake of attacks and kidnappings by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram and its... Read more

Franklin Graham: Pray that God Will ‘Help Us Know the Truth’ about Election Fraud Claims

Franklin Graham: Pray that God Will 'Help Us Know the Truth' about Election Fraud Claims Evangelist Franklin Graham is asking Americans to pray for the truth to be known about allegations of election fraud, no matter the outcome.Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, made the comments on... Read more

William Bobby Mcclain, Leader in United Methodist Church and Civil Rights Movement, Dies at 82

William Bobby Mcclain, Leader in United Methodist Church and Civil Rights Movement, Dies at 82 (RNS) The Rev. William Bobby McClain, a longtime leader in the United Methodist Church and the civil rights movement, died Wednesday (Nov. 18) at age 82.  McClain was a pastor and professor who not only shaped the lives of the... Read more

Pro-Life Catholic Group Rebukes Bishops for Congratulating Joe Biden: They Are ‘Spitting at the Face of Christ

Pro-Life Catholic Group Rebukes Bishops for Congratulating Joe Biden: They Are 'Spitting at the Face of Christ Top leaders of a pro-life Catholic organization are decrying the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for congratulating Joe Biden, who is pro-abortion, on his presumed election win.According to The Daily Wire, Archbishop Jos H. Gomez of Los... Read more

Thankfulness Poll: Americans More Likely to Place Family Above Wealth in 2020, Survey

Thankfulness Poll: Americans More Likely to Place Family Above Wealth in 2020, Survey A pandemic apparently has led many Americans to reorient their life and to re-think what they are thankful for, a new LifeWay Research survey shows. Compared to a similar poll in 2016, Americans today are about as likely to say they are thankful for... Read more

Marie Stopes International changes name over founder’s eugenics support

Marie Stopes International has changed its name in order to distance itself from its founder and her support of eugenics.  It will now be known as MSI Reproductive Choices, a change it said "breaks with its connection to Marie Stopes, the woman and reflects the global organisation's bold new vision for the future: that by... Read more

Christians join calls to Boris Johnson not to slash aid budget

A Tearfund gender workshop in the Democratic Republic of Congo.TearfundChristian organisations are among the nearly 200 charities urging Boris Johnson not to slash Britain's overseas aid budget. The Government is planning to reduce the international development budget from 0.7% to 0.5% of GDP, amounting to billions in lost aid for poorer countries. Johnson has refused... Read more

Hundreds of healthcare workers oppose ‘at-home’ abortions in Northern Ireland

(Photo: Unsplash)Nearly 300 healthcare workers have signed an open letter to Northern Ireland's health minister expressing their opposition to 'at-home' abortions. The open letter to Robin Swann MLA follows a campaign by abortion advocates calling for the introduction of telemedicine abortion services.  In England, Scotland and Wales, abortion regulations were relaxed after the first national... Read more

Why ‘mobilisation’ isn’t the best word to use in the mission context

(Photo: Unsplash/Jacek Dylag)Mission agencies and their representatives like to talk about mobilisation. It is a broad-reaching term which includes recruiting actual missionaries, but also encouraging people to pray for mission, to give financially or to get involved in supporting mission work in a variety of other ways. And I wish they would stop it! The... Read more

An ugly Holocaust memorial in Westminster will do nothing to improve the plight of Britain’s Jews

An artist's impression of the proposed memorial designed by Sir David Adjaye(Photo: Adjaye Associates & Ron Arad Architects)What is the fundamental principle of the Torah loving your neighbour as yourself, or honouring the Divine image? There was actually a dispute about this conundrum, which took place in the 2nd century CE between two of the greatest... Read more

Social media: Your battlefield or your mission field?

USA (MNN) — Does it seem like your social media newsfeed is full of division and anger right now? Youre not alone. Between an election year in the United States, a global pandemic, social justice tensions, and holiday stress, theres a lot of kindling for keyboard warriors. But what if Christians viewed social media not... Read more

World Missionary Press sends hope to hurricane survivors – Mission Network News

Central America (MNN) — Initial damage reports from Hurricane Iota arent looking good. The storm killed dozens in Nicaragua and severely damaged or destroyed 98-percent of the infrastructure on a small Colombian island. Iota officially dissipated earlier this week, but its wrath remains. Forecasters predict extensive rainfall over parts of Central America already deluged by... Read more

Civil War engulfs Ethiopia’s Tigray region – Mission Network News

Ethiopia (MNN) — On Tuesday afternoon, an explosion rocked the capital of Ethiopias Tigray province, killing two civilians and injuring many more. Its another tragedy in the civil war that has erupted in Ethiopia. Forces loyal to the central government clash against those loyal to the local leaders of the Tigray region in the northern... Read more

Police, Church Members Pray Together after Hurricane Iota Devastates Honduras

Police, Church Members Pray Together after Hurricane Iota Devastates Honduras In a powerful display of faith, local police officers and church members are crying out to God as Hurricane Iota made landfall in Honduras this week.Iota, which has downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, was the second hurricane to hit Central America this... Read more

North Korean Defector Fled the Country So She Could Pray without Fear of Death

North Korean Defector Fled the Country So She Could Pray without Fear of Death "I want to live the life I choose" Sookyung Kang stated in a new video with the group, Liberty in North Korea, about her choice to defect from North Korea so she could pray without fear of dying."I chose my dreams and freedom," she... Read more